Lan­g­ley’s fine form con­tin­ues with a tena­cious away win

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL -

LAN­G­LEY 1st XI con­tin­ued their good form with an­other tena­cious dis­play away at Wis­tas­ton at the week­end.

Asked to bat on a wicket that of­fered seam move­ment, Lan­g­ley soon found them­selves in a deep hole as they col­lapsed to 29-5 and the bats­man faced an up­hill strug­gle.

Sunny Ma­lik, 2, chipped to square leg, Dave Gre­gory, 12, mist­imed a pull shot to mid-wicket, Pat Hor­gan, 9, was LBW.

Olly Wheel­ton, 0, was bowled first ball and Danny Brown, 1, was caught at slip.

It was left to Matty Bet­teridge and Dave Cowen to re­store some or­der. The pair dug in and added 45 in 14 overs be­fore Cowen, 26, was caught in the deep, de­ceived by a slower ball.

Bet­teridge was joined by Si Pat­ter­son, and the for­mer was bowled with the score on 80 for a stub­born 25 an ex­cel­lent knock un­der tough cir­cum­stances.

Pat­ter­son, 22, showed good re­sis­tance be­fore mis­judg­ing a sec­ond run as Lan­g­ley reached 111 off their 45 overs. Hog­ben was pick of the at­tack tak­ing a fine 6-25.

In re­ply, Wis­tas­ton got off to a steady start reach­ing 14, be­fore Paddy Turner trapped Jub­bins, 6, LBW, Brid­don, 3, fol­lowed a run later caught be­hind off Alex Berzins. Clark and Stokes saw off the open­ing bowlers and took the score to 37. The in­tro­duc­tion of Pat­ter­son saw Stokes, 11, ad­judged LBW, the spin­ner then had Clark, 6, caught at point by Wheel­ton with the score on 46,.

Botham and Barnes ral­lied both hit­ting some fine blows they quickly took the score to 68-4, with only 44 needed.

The game then turned on its head, Barnes 10 smashed Pat­ter­son out to­wards deep mid­wicket,

Turner re­ju­ve­nated in the field took a su­perb run­ning catch. Skip­per David Frame then had All­wood 0 caught at mid on by Brown in his first over and when Brown caught Botham, 20, at deep mid-off the home­side had lost 3 wick­ets for no runs.

Frame then had Thorn­hill, 1, su­perbly stumped by Hor­gan down the leg­side, Hob­son 11 then chipped to Frame at mid-on and when Hog­ben 2 mis­cued a drive, Hor­gan took a sim­ple catch as Wis­tas­ton folded to 83 all out los­ing their last 6 wick­ets for 15 runs.

Si Pat­ter­son was the stand out bowler tak­ing 6-20 off 7 overs, backed up by Frame 2-3 off 3 overs

A great win for Lan­g­ley skip­per Frame once again was a happy man. The toss was cru­cial and the down­pour just be­fore the start meant bat­ting would be tough.

Lan­g­ley now sit in sec­ond place 15 points be­hind lead­ers Mar­itime and en­ter­tain Over Peover next week­end.

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